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Yes. The deposit usually equals one month's rent. The Housing Authority prohibits security deposits in excess of private practice, or in excess of amounts charged by the owner to unassisted tenants.
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You may advertise in the newspaper with the phrase "will accept section 8". Our families look for those listings. You may also call the Housing Authority Office to have the unit listed on our list of available units.
The unit must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards and the rent must be approvable within HUD Fair Market Rents and market rate comparable.
You must screen the prospective tenant carefully to insure you are making a good selection. When one of our families contacts you, we can only certify to their income eligibility for the program. We cannot provide a reference as to their expected behavior as tenants. You may use any or all of the following screening procedures:
We encourage all of the above screening methods as long as you do not discriminate. Discrimination includes any tenant selection based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, country of birth, handicap or familial status makes it illegal, in most circumstances, to refuse to allow children to live in a residential unit. To do so would be a direct violation of the Fair Housing Laws.
When you have selected a tenant, they will have a "Request for Tenancy Approval" form for you to complete. When the tenant submits the form to our office, a housing representative will contact you to schedule an inspection.
The unit will be inspected to insure that it meets HUD Housing Quality Standards. If applicable, you may be mailed a letter of the inspection repair list.
After the unit passes inspection and the rent has been approved, the landlord and tenant enter into a lease for an initial term of one year. The Housing Authority and the landlord sign a Housing Assistance Payments Contract through which the rent is assisted on behalf of the tenant.
After one year, the lease is renewed on a month-to-month basis. The tenant may vacate with a written 30-day notice after the term of the lease expires. If the tenant remains in the unit, the tenant is recertified for eligibility, and the unit is inspected for Housing Quality Standards annually, at which time the landlord may request a rent increase which must be approved by the Housing Authority. This request must be submitted in writing to the Housing Authority and tenant thirty days prior to renewal.
The Housing Authority offers a Direct Deposit program for landlords. The only requirement is to have either a checking or savings account.
The advantages are:
A confirmation letter will have the same detailed information you would receive with a check for your bookkeeping. You will have access to this information directly online.